- Cold viruses
Can survive on hard surfaces for several days
- Flu viruses
Can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours.
Can survive for days or weeks on hard surfaces.
12 days on fabrics, months in contaminated still water.
- Herpes viruses can survive for four hours on plastic
- Hepatitis C virus at least 16 hours but no longer than 4 days.
- Influenza, SARS or rhino virus, can persist on surfaces for a few days.
- HBV or HIV, can persist for more than one week.
- Ebola on dry surfaces, such as doorknobs and counter tops, can survive for several hours; however, virus in body fluids (such as blood) can survive up to several days at room temperature.